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Family Fun on the Greenways (Grade 1)

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Overview

Holiday Overview:

A fantastic cycling route along the famous Girona Greenways, from Olot in the “Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa.” you will cycle through the stunning Catalan countryside to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea via the historic city of Girona, perfect for families with young children (6 years or older or 0 to 5 with a child’s seat).

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Family Fun on the Greenways Cycling Holiday (6 Nights)

A beautiful route exploring the stunning Catalan countryside, perfect for families!

Nights: 6

Grade: 1 (click here to see our cycling grades)
Terrain: Rolling plains, farmland, olive groves, vineyards, pine woods, dormant Volcanoes and the Mediterranean coast . You will cycle predominately on Greenways, however you will also cycle on farm tracks and quiet country lanes.

Day 1, Arrival: Arrival at Girona Airport or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona), where you will be transferred to Olot, once there you will have a welcome meeting and bike fitting.

Olot is a lovely historic town located in the heart of the “Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa.”  It is worth straying away from its larger streets and taking the time to explore its narrow lanes that will lead you to some beautiful hidden squares where you’ll find some great local bars and restaurants.

Day 2, Olot – Sant Feliu de Pallerols: Today on the first day of your adventure you will follow the old railway “El Carrilet d’Olot” that has been turned into a traffic-free cycle-way.   It will take you through a very scenic rural area (the Bas Valley) known as the “Catalan Switzerland.”  On your way to your final destination, you’ll cycle through some beautiful “off-the-beaten-track” villages and finally on to the charming village of Sant Feliu-de-Pallerols. Your accommodation is a lovely rural guesthouse with a swimming pool. (20km)

Day 3, Sant Feliu de Pallerols – La Cellera de Ter: You continue along this beautiful cycling route, again enjoying the river Brugent valleys. You are still in the volcanic region of La Garrotxa and the mountains on both sides of you are old volcanoes.  Your destination is La Cellera de Ter at the confluence of the Ter and the Brugent rivers, a settlement that dates back to medieval times. Your accommodation is a beautiful rural guesthouse with a swimming pool.  (19km)

Day 4, La Cellera de Ter – Girona: On today’s route you will continue through the stunning Catalan countryside to the charming city of Girona.  Rich in culture and steeped in history you’ll have plenty of time to visit Girona’s historic quarter with its historical monuments, beautiful buildings, cathedral, shops and restaurants. Your accommodation is a hotel in the centre of the city. (22km)

Day 5, Girona – Llagostera: Leaving Girona behind you will head back into the Catalan countryside, you will pass the village of Quart, well-known for its ceramics and traditional pottery workshops. You will pass Cassà de la Selva, with its  modernist houses in the centre of the town.   A few more kilometers and you’ll arrive in Llagostera, a beautiful rural area surrounded by vines and olive trees. Your accommodation is another beautiful rural guesthouse with a swimming pool.  (24km)

Day 6, Llagostera – Sant Feliu de Guíxols: Goodbye Green, Hello Blue! Today’s route is long but flat and easy, you will cycle along another spectacular route to the beautiful coastal village of Sant Feliu de Guixols with its magnificent fishing port and famous Monastery. Your accommodation is a hotel in the centre of the city. (19km)

Day 7, Departure: Today you depart and we’re sure you’ll have some great memories from you Catalan Adventure. Of course, if you’d like to stay on for a few days for some time on the coast, just let us know and we’d be happy to provide you with a price.

 

Availability and Prices

Prices and Availability:

Prices 2020

Available all year

€719 per adult

€495 per child (ages 3 to 14, sharing a room with the adults)

What your holiday includes:

  • Welcome meeting with an English speaking guide
  • 24/7 local support
  • Transfer from Girona airport or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona Centre/Airport)
  • Six nights accommodations, B&B (half board is an optional upgrade)
  • Moving of luggage between accommodation
  • Detailed route maps
  • GPS with all the routes pre-programmed
  • Local maps
  • Personal information pack including information about local history, culture, traditions, restaurants, shops and local attractions etc

Optional Extras:

Bicycle rental and relevant accessories: €120 per adult & €70 per child

Baby/child bike seat or baby chariot: €38 per bike

Half board supplement: £180 per person

Single room supplement: €200 (based on 2+ people)

High season supplement (July & September): € 120 per person

Transfer back to Girona Airport: €100 (maximum 4 people)

Transfer back to Barcelona Airport: €220 (maximum 4 people)

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Travel Options

Travel Options:

The simplest way to get here is to fly to Girona or Barcelona Airport.

You will be transferred from Girona or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona) to your accommodation in Olot, the transfer takes approx. 1 hour from Girona and from Figueres Vilafant Train Station (max 4 people)

There is an optional (see availability and price section) transfer back to Girona or Barcelona Airport, however you can also make your own way by bus with Sarbus, Sarfa .

Bus Options
There are several buses a day from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Barcelona Airport, starting at 07.05, they take 2 hours and cost €8.75 per person.

There are 3 buses a day from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Girona Bus Station, starting at 07.35, they take 2 hours 5 minutes and cost €8.30 per person, you then need to take a bus or taxi (approx. €30) to the airport, the optional transfer from your last accommodation to Girona Airport for €120 is the best option.

Other Info

Other information (what to bring etc):

We provide panniers with the bikes we rent, however if you have a small rucksack, that will be useful. When you stop en-route you can put any valuables into the rucksack whilst visiting attractions.

We also provide all the bicycle tools you will need for the holiday with the bike rental.

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Children looking out over a river

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    • Thanks again for a truly great holiday. We think its a wonderful format that you have created. It’s hard to believe that we did so much and saw so many places in just one week. It just wouldn’t be feasible, to try and do it yourselves.


      —Mark & Kate Payne

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